Ronald Koeman has given Wayne Rooney a stern warning as to his future conduct after the former England international was charged with drink-driving.
The 31-year-old will play against Tottenham on Saturday afternoon, but Koeman confirmed he has spoken to him to remind him of his responsibilities.
The incident took place while the majority of players were away on the international break.
The Toffees boss told a press conference:
“He will play this Saturday. If I see that Wayne is not in a physical or mental condition to play then he won’t play.
“Obviously I am very disappointed by this situation regarding Wayne. We have spoken on Tuesday and the chairman Bill Kenwright spoke also to Wayne about this situation.
“In line with any disciplinary matter this will be dealt with internally at an appropriate time and that is all I have to say about the case of Wayne Rooney.”
It’s particularly frustrating for the Dutchman as he put his faith in Rooney after a disappointing final season at Manchester United.
Everton are yet to take any formal action against the forward, though he is not out of the woods yet as he is set to appear in court on September 18.
The Mirror report the club are reluctant to take any measures against him that would suggest guilt when he has not been formally tried.
Nevertheless, Koeman is notoriously strict with his players and he will not want the star to set a precedent.